julieBeall JULIE BEALL grew up in Plano as a little sister with a big appetite—for cupcakes, coloring books, and cat hugs. After graduating with her BFA from MICA in Baltimore and working a couple years in Portland, she’s now back in Dallas as the Ad Designer for Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. She’s also an Art Director at a top marketing agency in Plano and freelances for lovely clients all over the country. She lives with her husband, two dogs and three cats in East Dallas on White Rock Lake, where she enjoys cooking and bartending for friends and family.
 despada DESIREE MICHELLE ESPADA is a freelance photographer and designer who lives and works in Dallas. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of North Texas. After graduating, she worked for a contemporary photography gallery in Dallas’ Design District, then chased a dream and moved to New York City to work under famed American photographer Ryan McGinley. She is one of four 2012 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients from the Dallas Museum of Art. Her collaborative artwork with Kasumi Chow can be seen at The Public Trust Gallery in Dallas. Desiree spends her days working as an assistant art director for Southwest The Magazine, making photographs, cuddling with her cats, traveling and throwing dinner parties.
 mjohnson MONICA JOHNSON is a Dallas-based freelance writer, farmer and farm-based educator who has written for a variety of publications including Edible Austin, Modern Farmer, Slow Food USA. For more information, visit Contact her at [email protected].
DANIEL CUNNINGHAM is a horticulturist and owner at Rooted In. His primary focus is a holistic approach to landscaping and food production systems. Cunningham specializes in Texas native plants and trees, vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, rainwater harvesting and is passionate about utilizing landscapes as habitat for beneficial wildlife. For more gardening advice from Daniel, check out one of his recent television segments or ask @TxPlantGuy on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
 cneathery CODY NEATHERY is an Army veteran with an appetite for bourbon and smoked meats. He started a BBQ blog that was frequently featured on the Texas Monthly Barbecue website which turned into a position as a BBQ writer/editor for Dallas Morning News affiliate, Pegasus News. Having lived and traveled in the South, he continues to learn about the cuisine and traditions from each state and region. He previously wrote for Dallas Observer for over two years and currently has several culinary projects in the works.
ogleMary MARY OGLE is an artist, writer and podcaster. . Working as a professional artist in the digital medium, Mary’s commissions have included everything from fine art to fan art, book layout and cover design, event posters and magazine illustration. Mary’s love for writing is more recent but no less heart-felt. She is the author of Orangeroof Zoo a story of hope and rebirth combined with intricately drawn coloring book pages. Her tv show reviews and articles on geek culture can be found at and Mary currently finds inspiration in the Ojai Valley, residing in a snug little cottage with a recalcitrant cat. More of Mary’s work can be found at .
melindaOrtley MELINDA ORTLEY is a Fine Art Photographer who believes that every image should stand alone as a work of art. Using the classic medium of film, her goal is to create vibrant, original images that go beyond her client’s expectations, whether that client be a blushing bride, growing family, business owner or magazine editor. You can view her portfolio at
 epierce ELLISE PIERCE is an American writer and chef who has spent most of the last 10 years living in Paris. She now splits her time between Texas and France. She writes a twice-monthly Cowgirl Chef food and recipe column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which is syndicated worldwide via McClatchy; and files frequent food stories for The Dallas Morning News and Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. Her travel and food articles also appear in American Way, Private Clubs, Virtuoso Life, and Four Seasons magazines.  She is author of the cookbook Cowgirl Chef: French Cooking with a Texas Accent (Running Press) and the Cowgirl Chef blog, and has been featured on a number of radio and television shows in the United States. Earlier this year, she won the Reader’s Choice award and was a finalist for her food photography in a national Edible magazine competition. She’s now working on her second cookbook. Her former lives: award-winning investigative journalist, anchor and reporter for television and radio, and owner of a public relations and advertising agency.
kimPierce KIM PIERCE is a Dallas freelance writer and editor who’s covered farmers markets and the locavore scene for some 30 years, including continuing coverage at The Dallas Morning News. She came by this passion writing about food, health, nutrition and wine. She and her partner nurture a backyard garden (no chickens – yet) and support local producers and those who grow foods sustainably. Back in the day, she co-authored The Phytopia Cookbook and more recently helped a team of writers win a 2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for The Oxford Encyclopedia for Food and Drink in America.
teresarafidi TERESA RAFIDI is a freelance photographer and artist in Dallas. You can find her in the vegetable garden or kitchen when she isn’t behind her lens. She breathes photography and life inspires her to create thoughtful images. You can view more of what she sees through her two websites and
terriTaylor As a kid, TERRI TAYLOR refused to eat her vegetables. Her veggie-phobia was cured in 1977 when she spent eight months working on farms in Norway and France. She studied journalism at UT-Austin and received a master’s degree in liberal arts from SMU. Her short story “Virginia” can be found in Solamente en San Miguel, an anthology celebrating the magical Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende.  She has written for Edible DFW since its inaugural issue in 2009. She became the magazine’s editor in 2010 and is the editor of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth: The Cookbook.
TOBY THOMASON is a Key Account Manager for Favorite Brands, with extensive experience and insights related to the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. Former General Manager and Beverage Director of Harvest Seasonal Kitchen in McKinney, Texas, Toby is a Texas Master Naturalist who brings his love of botanicals into the world of spirits.
MARIA WHITWORTH is a yay-sayer who directs all-things marketing and advertising at Edible Dallas Fort Worth. With a 38+ year creative background in marketing, brand management, community engagement, event coordination, and digital media strategy, Maria has a special love for local, sustainable initiatives that support small growers, ranchers, and food producers. You’ll find her fostering collaborations at many North Texas events, and can also find her cooking up local goodness in her own family kitchen.